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    Report: Human Rights in Annexed Crimea Deteriorating
    Mar05

    Report: Human Rights in Annexed Crimea Deteriorating

    A new report by Freedom House and the Atlantic Council of the United States says the human rights situation in Crimea has deteriorated since the peninsula was annexed by Russia in March of last year. The report says the new authorities in Crimea are discriminating against minorities, suppressing freedom of expression, and forcing residents to...

    Officials to Ukraine Peace Deal to Discuss Next Steps
    Mar05

    Officials to Ukraine Peace Deal to Discuss Next Steps

    Senior Russian, Ukrainian, German and French officials will meet in Berlin on Friday to discuss eastern Ukraine and the next steps needed toward implementing a peace accord struck three weeks ago in Minsk, Germany’s foreign minister said. “Of course we cannot be satisfied with the speed of the implementation of the Minsk accord, but we have...

    Ukraine Pays $15 Million Toward Russian Gas Bill
    Mar05

    Ukraine Pays $15 Million Toward Russian Gas Bill

    Russian natural gas exporter Gazprom said on Thursday that it had received a $15 million prepayment from Ukrainian state energy firm Naftogaz following warnings supply could be cut off if no payment was made. The payment is enough for 45.6 million cubic meters of gas, or about five days’ supply at current rates of delivery, Gazprom said by...

    Ukrainian Authorities Struggle to Secure a Divided Mariupol
    Mar05

    Ukrainian Authorities Struggle to Secure a Divided Mariupol

    Since last month’s cease-fire went into effect, shelling around the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol has decreased, but it is thought pro-Russian separatists remain poised to attack. For the city’s authorities, a major challenge is gaining the trust of residents, while at the same time rooting out informants who are passing sensitive...

    Bulgaria: Bring Back Nabucco Pipeline
    Mar04

    Bulgaria: Bring Back Nabucco Pipeline

    Bulgaria wants the European Commission to revive plans for the Nabucco pipeline that would pump gas from the Caspian Sea, after a Russian project seen as a rival was scrapped, Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said on Wednesday. Keen to diversify its energy supplies due to the Ukraine crisis, Bulgaria meets more than 80 percent of its gas needs with...

    US Official: New Sanctions Against Russia Under Consideration
    Mar04

    US Official: New Sanctions Against Russia Under Consideration

    A top U.S. official says Washington is considering imposing new sanctions against Russia if a Ukraine cease-fire deal reached last month in Minsk continues to be violated, and has sent a team to Europe to coordinate the measures with allied governments. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland told the House...

    Budget, Reform Plans Put Ukraine in Line for IMF Aid, G7 Says
    Mar04

    Budget, Reform Plans Put Ukraine in Line for IMF Aid, G7 Says

    The International Monetary Fund and Group of Seven leading economic powers on Wednesday praised Ukraine’s determination to reform its economy against all odds, with the G7 saying Kyiv’s new draft budget should put it on track for an IMF-led bailout. Ukraine’s parliament approved on Monday a raft of IMF-backed amendments to its...

    Eastern Ukraine Coal Mine Explosion Kills 32
    Mar04

    Eastern Ukraine Coal Mine Explosion Kills 32

    Ukrainian officials say an explosion at a mine in the rebel-held eastern part of the country has killed at least 32 workers. A rescue operation is ongoing to reach the dozens of other workers who may still be trapped at the Zasyadko coal mine in the separatist stronghold of Donetsk. The cause of the explosion is not clear. The pro-separatist...

    Turkey Aims to Become Energy Hub for Russian Gas
    Mar04

    Turkey Aims to Become Energy Hub for Russian Gas

    With Moscow declaring in the coming years that it will divert its gas supplies away from Ukraine and through Turkey to supply Europe, Ankara said it is a step closer to its goal of being a major gas hub. But critics point out Turkey still has many hurdles to overcome. The deepening crisis in Ukraine could open the door to Turkey’s decade...

    Russian Opposition Leader Nemtsov to be Buried
    Mar03

    Russian Opposition Leader Nemtsov to be Buried

    A funeral is set to be held Tuesday for Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, the fierce Moscow critic who was gunned down just steps away from the Kremlin last week. Security was heavy outside the Andrei Sakharov rights center, where Nemtsov’s body will lie in state before it is laid to rest at Moscow’s Troekurovskoye cemetery....

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